Sign in
View: Mobile | Desktop
 
FOLLOW US:  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  RSS
Men Women
Cambodia Internationally
Authors:
Join Us!!! We are looking for someone to help us cover Cambodian basketball. Please send us an e-mail.

CBL Standings
 1. Extra Joss F. 10-0 
 2. ALLN 9-1 
 3. Davies Paints 7-3 
 4. MSGM B. 6-4 
 5. Blue Thunder 6-4 
 6. Bayon Airline 5-5 
 7. Smart Dragons 5-5 
 8. Mekong Tigers 4-6 
 9. Team Respeck 2-8 
 10. Pinoy Rhythm 1-9 
 11. Phonom Penh BK 0-10 
Full Standings
Articles

Cambodia national team to shock other SEA Games rival - Oct 11, 2007


POSTED BY:
GREG
E-mail Greg:
Greg's Articles 
| Follow Greg on  Facebook Twitter

When an undersized but disciplined Lebanese national team knocked off world powerhouse France in the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Tokyo, a precedent was brought back to Phnom Penh by Cambodia's new national team coach Austin Koledoye.

"Basketball is a global sport now-look at China-ten years ago there wasn't anything like the impact it has today," said Austin Koledoye, a 39-year-old Nigerian who was named head coach by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in March. "We're now playing the first structured basketball in Cambodian history."

Koledoye is fielding a 16-man roster with no players over 2 meters tall and none who can dunk.

Cambodia was affiliated into basketball's world body, the Geneva-based Federation Internationale de Basketball, in 1958. Today, Cambodia is ranked 83 in the world, FIBA's lowest tier shared by all countries with zero international points.

The national team lost its most recent international competition 137-34 to the Philippines, and until two months ago held its six weekly practices on the outdoor courts alongside Olympic Stadium.

"The last time we went to the SEA Games it was a disaster, that's not going to repeat itself," said Koledoye. "We know we have no size, but we'll develop speed, fundamentals, accuracy and defense."

The 103 points lost of Cambodia to the Asian powerhouse Philippines is the most lopsided lost in the Southeast Asian basketball history.

Koledoye grew up following the Hall of Fame career of former NBA star Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon. He played professionally for the State-run Raiders Basketball Club of Akure through the late-1980s and became a licensed International Basketball Federation referee in 2005.

Koledoye, who earned a Masters degree in Education from the College of New Jersey, has been a teacher in Phnom Penh since 1998.

"I see my players: I must face reality. We have a team that is fast so we'll put the ball on the floor and have a fast-break offense. We'll run zone defense and a full court press," he said.

Assistant coach Lor Syngharith is cautious of excessive optimism. He was a national team player during the Sangkum Reastr Niyum era, trained as a coach in Russia from 1987 to 1992 and became national coach in 1995. He laments the lack of training facilities, funding and equipment.

"In other countries they've stopped using training facilities like ours. But the new coach isn't making excuses about this. He's thinking only about training hard to reach our goal," Syngharith told the Post.

"I think his way of training is good, but I'm afraid that the trainees can't stand his strict rules."

According to Koledoye, a weight training program, increased nutrition and financial sponsorships will improve the national team.

"My reputation rests on this. We're not just going to participate, we'll try to win-it'll be tough," he said. "I tell them the NBA won't help: watch college basketball. They're beginning to understand."

With the inclusion of Cambodian-American Soap Toun, co-captain of the NCAA Division II Stonehill Skyhawks, in the team and possible more Cambodian-American recruits, Cambodian national team will try to improve their status in international basketball.   



Prompt start to basketball season in doubt - 3 days ago
Uncertainty surrounds a prompt start to the Cambodian Basketball League season on Saturday following the Federation's inability to find sponsors for the fifth edition in the wake of Angkor Beer pulling out this year. As many as 10 teams have expressed eagerness to take part but the Cambodian Basketball Federation (CBF) has held back registration in the hope of attracting partners/sponsors even as team owners have offered to increase registration fees so at least operating costs could be c...   [read more]
ALLN Supermen win CBL Finals - 1 Year ago
ALLN Supermen win CBL Finals tonight. They overcame Extra Joss fighters 80-55 to end the fighters unbeaten run. In the game for the third place Bayon Airlines posted a 68-66 win over MSGM. Only due to the final 23-13 push in the last stanza, Bayon managed to seal the victory. Bayon Airlines won the Bronze medals.   [read more]
Fighters to take on Supermen - 1 Year ago
The 2016 Cambodian Basketball League season reaches its thrilling climax on Saturday when the top-ranked Extra Joss Fighters and their arch-rivals ALLN Confucius Supermen square off in the title game at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena. Lively anticipation surrounds the 3pm tip-off as the Fighters carry to the floor the psychological advantage of having beaten the Supermen by a four-point margin in the round-robin stage. But it was the intensity of that game and its rousing finish that wi...   [read more]



Site Map:
Asia-basket.com Member Services: Other Basketball Sites:
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer

WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.